Docker application is used to manage application processes in container. Using docker you can build, test and deploy applications that can run anywhere as portable and self-sufficient containers. In this tutorial, we will learn how to install Docker on Debian 11 Bullseye.
Before you start install, you must have non-root user account with sudo privileges.
How to Install Docker on Debian
Follow the below given steps to install latest Docker package on Debian system:
We will install Docker from the Docker’s repositories.
Step 1 – Update Package List
At first, update the package manager index list and upgrade the system to latest using below:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
Step 2 – Install Dependencies
We also need to install dependencies which are required to enable Docker repository.
sudo apt install apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl software-properties-common
Step 3 – Import GPG Key
Now Import the GPG key for repository using following curl command:
curl -fsSL https://download.docker.com/linux/debian/gpg | sudo apt-key add -
After that, add Docker repository to your system’s software repository list by typing:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.docker.com/linux/debian $(lsb_release -cs) stable"
Step 4 – Install Docker
Now Docker repository is enabled so update apt package manager index list again using below command:
sudo apt update
Install latest version of Docker Community Edition using below:
sudo apt install docker-ce
Once the installation completed the service of docker will start automatically. You can check it by issuing below command:
sudo systemctl status docker
● docker.service - Docker Application Container Engine Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/docker.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled) Active: active (running) since Tue 2023-01-16 09:30:23 UTC; 12min ago Docs: https://docs.docker.com Main PID: 4485 (dockerd) Tasks: 8 CGroup: /system.slice/docker.service └─4485 /usr/bin/dockerd -H fd:// --containerd=/run/containerd/containerd.sock
Step 4 – Verify Installation
At the time of writing, the latest stable version of Docker is 20.10.22. You also can check the version of Docker using below command:
Docker version 20.10.22, build 74b1e89
Executing docker command without sudo
sudo privileges to run. If you want to run docker command without sudo then you need to add your user to
docker group. The docker group is created at the installation of docker CE package.
You should run below command to add user to docker group:
sudo usermod -aG docker $USER
After that, Log out and log back in to apply membership.
Run the below command to verify that you have added docker group :
tecnstuff sudo docker
How to Use Docker Command
Below is the basic syntax for the
docker [option] [subcommand] [arguments]
You can get list of all docker subcommands by issuing below command:
If you need any help about subcommand then you can use following command:
docker docker-subcommand --help
You can update docker new version when it is released. You just have to run below commands:
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
Uninstall process of Docker is same as any other packages installed using apt:
sudo apt purge docker-ce
sudo apt autoremove
Docker containers are built from Docker Images and these are available on Docker Hub. It is a cloud-based registry service which managed by Docker Company.
Use search sub command to search an image on Docker Hub registry.
For example, you can search for an Debian image using below command:
docker search debian
Docker container is an instance of Docker Image. A container represents a runtime for a single application, process, or service. In simple way we can say Docker image is a class and Docker container as an instance of a class. Using
docker container command we can manage operations on a container.
Start Docker Container
Below command will start a Docker container which is an instance of an image. If you don’t have the image locally, it will download it first:
docker container run debian
In above command we have not provided any command so the container will bootup and ran an empty command and will exit at last.
You can interact with Ubuntu image using
-it switch. Run below command to start an interactive container:
docker container run -it debian /bin/bash
As you can see above the command prompt changed. Now you can execute command and interact with Ubuntu container directly.
List Docker Containers
You can get list of all active docker containers using below command:
docker container ls
It will list all the active containers and if no one container is running then output will be empty.
Also you can list active and inactive containers issuing below command:
docker container ls -a
Remove Docker Containers
You can remove docker containers using container id. So just copy container id and put it after container rm in below command:
docker container rm r70023ag870r
This tutorial explains how to install and use of docker on Debian 11 system. You also learned how to manage Docker containers. To learn more about Docker check out the official Docker documentation.
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